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Atlantic City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
1. Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust Marker
Caption: 1870s W.H. Jackson photograph of Atlantic City.
Inscription. Centrally located on the gold-bearing vein in the area, mines literally surrounded Atlantic City by the fall of 1868. The townspeople soon fostered a thriving business community. In addition to sawmills and blacksmith shops, Atlantic City boasted of beer breweries and one of Wyoming Territory’s first public schools.

Boom rapidly led to bust and the town faltered for a time. A French capitalist, Emile Granier, revived mining interests in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s with a short-lived hydraulic mining development centered on Rock Creek. The early 1900’s saw another boom as a New York firm constructed the Dexter Mill, a large modern milling and recovery facility in the center of town. It met with failure as well. The greatest pay-out in any of the later boom was during the operation of a dredge on Rock Creek during the Great Depression. Although an exceedingly profitable operation, and a blessing to a depressed local economy, its scars are still visible.

Today, Atlantic City remains a community of resilient souls where modern homes coexist with historic log cabins in one of Wyoming’s oldest cities.
 
Erected by Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming.
 
Location. 42° 29.781′ N, 108° 43.818′ 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
2. Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust Marker
W. Marker is in Atlantic City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North Geissler Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 80 East Main Street, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miners Delight: The Boom’s Broken Promises (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort Stambaugh, 1870-1878 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 2½ miles away); The Atlantic City Project (approx. 2½ miles away); The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust (approx. 3.7 miles away); South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (approx. 3.7 miles away); Esther Hobart Morris (approx. 4 miles away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
Also see . . .  Atlantic City: South Pass Mining District - Wyoming Tales and Trails. The town claimed the honor of having the first brewery in the Territory. Atlantic City was noted for its "French" section which appealed to lonely miners. After the intial gold rush the town began to fade until the arrival of French engineer Emile Granier who attempted to revive mining. On behalf of French interests he purchased a
Atlantic City image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
3. Atlantic City
number of placer claims and commendced the construction of a 16-mile long ditch to provide water for large scale placer operations.
(Submitted on January 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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